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Women in Agriculture

On March 8th, International Women’s Day, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is launching the  2010-2011 State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA)  on “Women in agriculture: Closing the gender gap for development.” The report…

Igniting Change: The Gender Match

Watch video from the event Over the past few decades, development researchers and practitioners have spent countless resources trying to identify the perfect recipe for development policies and programs to follow when tackling food security,…

IFPRI-World Bank Gender and Governance Book

Agricultural development and poverty reduction depend on the effective delivery of public services to farmers and the rural poor. However, the efficient and regular delivery of public services to the poor in rural areas is hindered by far-reaching…

Gender equity in agricultural R&D

In this seminar Ruth Meinzen-Dick will present on a paper written for and presented at the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development in Montpelier France (March 2010). This paper makes a case for gender equity in the agricultural R&D…

International Day of Rural Women

The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on 15 October 2008. This new international day, established by the UN General Assembly on 18 December 2007, recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous…

Strength in numbers

Poor people are often at great risk of losing the few assets they have when faced with an unexpected event, such as the death of a household member. But for the members of the Kalagala Twezimbe Association, located outside Kampala, Uganda, working…

Fisherwomen bring prosperity to their families

In the poor rural communities of Bangladesh, many women are entirely dependent on their husband’s often meager incomes and frequently have very little say in how the money is spent. Widows, divorced women, and deserted women fare even worse, since…

Women grain vendors bring nutritious stews home

Farm women in Petaka, Mali, sell small amounts of pearl millet, drawn from their family granaries, alongside handmade items at the weekly fair. Pearl millet, a drought-resistant crop, dominates arable land along the fringes of the Sahara desert. With…

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